International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 155–171 | Cite as

The problem of evil and the attributes of God

  • James A. Keller


In discussions of the probabilistic argument from evil, some defenders of theism have recently argued that evil has no evidential force against theism. They base their argument on the claim that there is no reason to think that we should be able to discern morally sufficient reasons which God presumably has for permitting the evil which occurs. In this paper I try to counter this argument by discussing factors which suggest that we should generally be able to discern why God permits evil events. I close by suggesting that the theist use the evidential force which evil does have as a reason to question her understanding of the divine attributes.


Sufficient Reason Probabilistic Argument Divine Attribute Evil Event Evidential Force 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Keller
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWofford CollegeSpartanburgUSA

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